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The Iron Trial: Book One of The Magisterium | [Holly Black, Cassandra Clare]

The Iron Trial: Book One of The Magisterium

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail. All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst - and fails at failing. Now the Magisterium awaits him. It's a place that's both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.
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Publisher's Summary

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst - and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It's a place that's both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.

©2014 Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (P)2014 Listening Library

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    Douglas Owen Sound, ON, Canada 09-11-14
    Douglas Owen Sound, ON, Canada 09-11-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Harry Potter it ain't!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Iron Trial the most enjoyable?

    The characters were well voiced and most of the main characters had a seperate voice. The Narrator was animated and matched mood of the current scene well.


    What other book might you compare The Iron Trial to and why?

    I've seen claims that this is similar to Harry Potter and really it's not. I'd be more incline to compare this book to "The Dark Is Rising" volume 2. I think this is a better comparison because unlike Harry otter, both this book and the otehr are gears towards and older YA range.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't really answer this without giving away spoilers


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. While there were some areas that dragged, I was hooked form the beginning and had to resist the urge to skip to the end to find out what happened.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be interested in seeing if the second book in the sereis stands up just as well as the first book. I enjoyed this novel because the characters seemed fleshed out, there was some mystery and not everything is neatly wrapped up.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Sladek 09-28-14
    Gary Sladek 09-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Engaging Fantasy"
    What did you love best about The Iron Trial?

    I enjoyed the book and look forward to a sequel. Well written and performed. Kept my interest throughout.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CHERI NY 09-27-14
    CHERI NY 09-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Can't wait for next book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Iron Trial the most enjoyable?

    I loved listening to the story of characters and finding what they are going to be in life. This was a wonderful fresh of air!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rufus because he cares for the boys


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    Very much so !


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming. I love the story line, and her books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jenn 12-24-14
    jenn 12-24-14
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    "Certainly worth the credit"

    Terrible narrator for this book. Otherwise, it was great. There will definitely be Harry Potter comparisons, but it's still worth the read.

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    Marcus Hardaway OOLTEWAH, TENNESSEE, US 09-20-14
    Marcus Hardaway OOLTEWAH, TENNESSEE, US 09-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Harry Potter!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book. I love Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. Together they put they have started an awesome adventure. Reminds me of Harry Potter, and every time I thought the story was predictable it wasn't.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cal of course.


    What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

    I don't usually like books read by guys, but he did an excellent job.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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